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When I first grew to become familiar with the idea of the yankee philoso­ pher Josiah Royce, components really intrigued me. the 1st used to be Royce's declare that the proposal of neighborhood was once his major metaphysical guideline; the second one used to be his shut organization with the 2 American pragmatists, Charles Sanders Peirce and William James. in regards to the first issue, i used to be struck by means of the truth that a thinker who died in 1916 may still emphasize an issue of such modern importance not just in philosophy yet in such a lot of different important fields to boot (sociology, psychology, politics, theology - to call just a few). in regards to the moment, i used to be curious as to if the pragmatism of Peirce and James may need prompted Royce in the course of the process their expert and private contacts. equally, I puzzled no matter if the idealism of Royce may need affected the idea of Peirce and James. To have appeased my interest in regard to all 3 thinkers, even though, could have required (at least) 3 books. As a commence i've got now appeased it in regard to 1. In getting to know the writings of Royce i discovered my option to the Houghton Library and to the data of Harvard collage at Cambridge, Massa­ chusetts, the place the unpublished manuscripts of Royce are preserved. (No modifying task has but been performed in this bulk of fabric, notwithstanding such will surely be a welcome contribution to American philosophy.

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Cf. , 44. Vol. ), "Some Illustrations of the Structure and Growth of Human Thought," Vol. 79, "Of the Will... ," 53, 4. , 53. HIS THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE 33 precisely at the point where one acknowledges its essential relatedness to volitional activity. Royce would hope we rest content with the realization that "[i]n and for the Will. "9 Moreover, Royce would want us to apply his notion of truth to our conceptions of the past and to our judgments of external existence. In regard to the former, Royce maintains that our ideas of past moments are simply part of the movements of volition contained within our present judgments.

PC, 279. Josiah Royce, Lectures on Modern Idealism, ed. by J. Loewenberg (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1919), 85. Hereafter, LMI. 41 LMI, 86. , monism and pluralism (cf. Prag, 108), and his effort to show that philosophers and philosophies of the past have been pragmatic in character even if not pragmatic in intent. , his reference to the scholastic treatment of the substance-idea in regard to the mystery of the Eucharist. ) James's own understanding of pragmatism is therefore broad enough to include Royce's idealism, even though James persisted in his friendly "battle" with that idealism.

For "the moral insight in us must lead us to aim at progress in goodness,"41 and in this progress one experiences a transcending of evil which is only explicable in terms of that ultimate and infinite Good which is the object of religious insight, as well as the Ideal of all moral and religious living. In the moment of religious insight one glimpses the Wholeness in which human limitation may find fulfilment, where the inevitable fragmentation of human experience can not only be completed but perfectly unified once and for all.

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